Photo Gallery: Rough Luxe Style
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The opulent interiors pictured in the 1973 photograph by Gilbert & George contrasts the shabby-chic lobby of London, England’s Rough Luxe hotel. The 1800s building was transformed by internationally-acclaimed architect Rabih Hage in 2008.
Designer Kenyan Lewis believes that “embracing the beauty of decay is our acceptance that nature rules supreme.” The poetic ethos is reflected in the farmhouse he shares with partner Grace Kelsey. The entryway, for example, is elegantly distressed with rusting steel walls and industrial relics.
Norwegian shop owner Hanne Borge-Yngland believes that with design, one should “always mix the old, cute and romantic with the rough and industrial.” Hanne’s sister, Catherine Borge, made her the skull pillow on the bed.
A striking salvaged windmill complements the Douglas fir table and bistro-style chairs in this eat-in kitchen. “I saw the windmill, and two years later no one had bought it, so I decided to find a place for it,” says owner Betsy Aziz. Designer Connie Braemer had the builder move the kitchen shelves over 6 inches to allow space for it.
This Zara Home loft space offers stripped-down appeal. Raw cement walls and exposed wood ceiling beams are balanced with textured bedding, a cosy rug, modern furniture and large-scale art.
This contemporary Montreal home used to be sculptor Pierre Granche’s workshop. Architect Natalie Dionne bought the Plateau-area studio and transformed it into a sleek and modern live/work space with partner Martin Laneuville. Martin, also a trained architect, found the vintage Lapeyre staircase in a Montreal scrapyard, and made the standing and pendant light fixtures from found objects.
Cabinets crafted from salvaged clapboard are appropriately rough-hewn in this country kitchen. Vintage-style appliances and accessories add nostalgic appeal to the space.
This weekend home’s open-concept space pairs a vintage farmhouse-style dining table with a contemporary kitchen. Stainless-steel cabinets and dark-stained pine floors break up the expanse of white. A bench reupholstered in mohair adds a touch of cosy luxury.
For a rustic yet restrained look, upholster a simple Ikea headboard in reclaimed burlap instead of expensive fabric. Set against a black painted wall, the effect is dramatic.
The original tamarack ceiling and pine door of this kitchen highlight this Quebec home’s rich history, while stainless steel appliances and contemporary fixtures offer modern style and functionality. The wine niche, once used for milk bottles, adds character and secondary storage for the owners’ red wine collection